Paradip(Odisha): P.L. Haranadh took over as the new chairman of Paradip Port Trust (PPT) on Thursday. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service Officer of 1994 batch.

Hails from Andhra Pradesh, Haranadh studied MSc & Ph.D from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi.

During his 27 years of service, he worked in Indian Railways for 22 years and 5 years in Ministry of Shipping. Under the leadership of Haranadh, PPT expects to reach new heights in terms of Cargo Handling. Soon after his joining while interacting with the media, he emphasized on making PPT the No.1 Major Port in the country during his upcoming tenure. He solicited sincere cooperation from all the stakeholders like employees, Unions, Customers, Port users, Stevedores, Steamer Agent, Unions, Govt .Machinery etc. for realising the Mission No.1. He stressed on prioritising completion of various upcoming projects at PPT, including the much ambitious Western Dock project at the earliest.  

 In his illustrious career in the Railways, Shri Haranadh worked as Sr.Divisional Operations Manager, Raipur Division and Chakradharpur Division. Dy. Chief Operations Manager of South Eastern Railway & South Central Railway and Chief Operations Manager (Marketing), East Coast Railway. Before joining PPT, he was working as Chief Freight Transportation Manager of East Coast Railway. He has rich experience in rail transportation, especially in freight operations, business development and traffic planning.

In recognition of many meritorious works, he received National Award for outstanding management in 2002 and in 2005 from Ministry of Railways.

He also worked as deputy chairman of Visakhapatnam Port from 2015-2020. He was instrumental in developing innovative marketing solutions like total logistics solutions to customers to attract cargoes like coal, containers etc. During his tenure, he contributed to overall growth of Visakhapatnam Port and the Port scaled up to 3rd position among major Ports.